Several visitors to my blog have enjoyed reading about how I removed the running boards from my 2015 Land Rover LR4. One such reader has asked about the vehicle's appearance with the running boards removed - prior to installing any rock sliders. Luckily, I have a few photos to help illustrate that case.
I had mentioned in my earlier post that when the rocker panel trim is reinstalled (snapped back into place), the body panel is slightly visible where the trim has factory cutouts for the running board mounts. This leaves a small sliver of body panel visible, mostly when you are viewing from a low position (crouched), or from a greater distance. That sliver is more visible if the body panel paint contrasts with the black trim. This is the case with my red car. I don't think this would be noticeable to anybody except the most observant LR4 fan.
The photo above shows those trim cutouts, as seen from below after removing the running boards. Those odd heat sinks are more visible than the exposed body panel sections.
Here's a closeup of that last image, with a better view of that sliver of red body panel.
Those sections of body panel appeared to have the same exterior finish and treatment as the other body panels, so I am guessing that they are equally fine with exposure to road grime, etc. When viewed up close the body panels aren't visible, as this quarter view shows.
I don't have any photos with the doors open.
The heat sinks are not visible with running boards or rock sliders installed. UPDATE: Apparently the aluminum parts that I've been calling heat sinks are not heat sinks, and are meant to function as crumple devices in conjunction with the OEM running boards. This is the group wisdom from LR forum users, who also indicate that these can be removed after removing the running boards (aka side steps). They do appear designed to carry loads from the running boards to the frame. Since I failed to remove them, maybe they'll work similarly for my sliders.